Katrina is a seasoned spinster with an active imagination, a love of romcoms and a keenly critical nature. She’s a college professor by day who writes romances by…weekend. Right now she also happens to be on summer vacation. She enjoys yogurt, sparkling water and her three cats, who don’t appreciate her love.
Meka James is a stay at home mom to 4 wonderful kiddies. She has been happily married to her husband for 11 years and counting. She is an animal lover owning 3 dogs, a turtle, a bearded dragon, and her husband and kids have 2 snakes. She volunteers with the Atlanta Weimaraner Rescue and is an avid simmer.
Eija Jimenez has been a writer since her elementary days where cardboard rocketships could fly to the moon. Though her genre has shifted over time and with skill, Eija avidly writes LGBT fiction hoping to add to this ever-growing community.
She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 where she studied English and Psychology. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts and tries to put four intensive years of schooling to good use through writing.
For the longest time, Eija was the youngest of three girls until her little brother came along. With her big Filipino family, she vowed she was going to have at least five kids. Now that she’s older and was the family babysitter nearly all her life, that number dropped down to two. She will, however, have as many cats, dogs, bunnies, and mini pigs as she can.
When she’s not crafting stories in her head, Eija can be found hurling axes (at bulleyes!), out for a hike, or jamming out in a good car-eoke session. She loves 80’s music and could spend her whole life eating potatoes and cheese if she could. Her love for experimenting in the kitchen, whether the recipe works or not, helps her not eat herself into a potato and cheese coma.
An avid writer, Eija is also a reader of books, comics, and everything in between. Her To-Read list is longer than her Currently Reading list and continues to grow everyday. Her go-to book is the Harry Potter series (Go Hufflepuffs!), but her current reading list consists of the graphic novel Saga, The Wicked and the Divine, and crime book Helter Skelter. Her favourite will always be To Kill a Mockingbird.
She lives in Canada with her wife and their princess of a cat where she spends nearly every evening getting her butt kicked in every video game and board game in the house. Her wife never lets her win.
If she could give one piece of advice to anyone, she would quote Max Erhmann’s Desiderata: “You are a child of the universe. No less than the trees and the stars.” No matter how small or insignificant you feel, the whole universe would be different without you.
I’m a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. My bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown is available now wherever books are sold, and my sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is due out in 2021. While you wait for your copies to arrive, you can find me on Twitter ranting about pop culture, politics, and the greatest show of all time (Avatar: The Last Airbender, obviously!)
Tenea was born in Kentucky. From it, she took the calm of the Ohio River and the swell of honesty (sometimes refreshing, sometimes catastrophic) that afflicts the folks born along its banks. Writing sustains her; music saves her. As often as possible, she straddles their borders to create compositions/fusions/hyphenated whatchamacallit better heard than described.
So far the Knitting Factory, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, and others have opened their doors to the form.
Her work has appeared in Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism, African Voices, Arise, Humanities in the South, Sycrorax’s Daughters, Contemporary American Women Poets, Shades of Blue and Gray, Whispers in the Night: Dark Dreams III and Necrologue, among others. She is the author of a poetry/short prose collection, Starting Friction as well as the novels, Smoketown, R/evolution and Evolution. Smoketown won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award; R/evolution received an honorable mention the same year. In May 2020 Blueprints for Better Worlds was released along with the social good site, buildabetter.world. November 2020 will see the publication of a short story collection, Broken Fevers.
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